Mellon-Sawyer Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation seminar series

Mellon-Sawyer Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation is a Seminar Series running in 2017-18. It will bring together academics from many different fields, politicians, people who have played a role in peace negotiations and leading figures from cultural policy and the charitable sector. They will be joined by novelists, poets, artists and musicians whose work has marked war in some way.

Questions to be explored in the Series include:

  • What roles do cultural practices of commemoration play in the work of post-war reconstruction and reconciliation?
  • How does commemoration differ across cultures?
  • How can we do commemoration better?
  • How can commemoration help to reintegrate military veterans into civilian society?

The Series is divided into three strands: Textual Commemoration (Michaelmas Term 2017), Monumental Commemoration (Hilary Term 2018) and Aural Commemoration (Trinity Term 2018). Each strand will be launched by an ‘In Conversation’ event featuring an internationally-renowned figure from the arts. These launch events will be followed by two panel-led workshops each term. There will also be three events aimed directly at post-graduates: an object-handling training day, a Pecha Kucha day and a one-day Conference.

The Series is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in memory of John E. Sawyer.


Kate McLoughlin:

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